Bushfire-impacted preschools to receive $10k grants for fee relief

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Preschools in bushfire-impacted areas will receive a one-off payment to provide fee relief and help with the recovery from this season's devastating fires.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell announced the $10,000 grants last Thursday for more than 200 community preschools.

"Many services have suffered both direct and indirect impacts from the fires and some families are under a great deal of pressure financially," Ms Mitchell said.

The payments can be used for a range of activities including fee relief for families, counselling support, and rectifying fire damage and fire preparedness.

"Payments will be made from the end of this week and paid automatically to eligible services; no application is required," Ms Mitchell said.

All early childhood education and care services will also have the opportunity to access a series of emergency preparedness workshops being rolled out across the state in the first half of 2020.

"Education and care services are fundamental to the communities they serve and will play a critical role in the recovery process," Ms Mitchell said.

Commonwealth funded services that are eligible for Child Care Subsidy can apply for grants through the Community Child Care Fund and families suffering financial hardship can access fee relief through the Additional Child Care Subsidy.

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